Master of Public Administration (MPA)
As a student at Claflin University, Celena sought out opportunities to develop personally and professionally. Her junior year experience studying abroad and volunteering at an orphanage in Costa Rica developed her interest in policy and community development. She also completed an honor’s thesis which focused on a comparative analysis of social/economic class, gender, and identity in third world countries. After graduation, Celena completed a corporate internship with the Educational Testing Service developing marketing strategies for a global initiative for TOEFL. She also worked for a Spartanburg-based nonprofit, Hope Center for Children, as part of the Performance Quality Improvement team.
Celena currently serves as an Office Assistant in the Housing Business and Human Resource Office. Following her graduate studies, Celena hopes to work in local or state government, particularly in city and regional planning. She is passionate about the importance of building strong and trusted relationships between government entities and citizens in order to better serve the needs of the community.